Cesc Fabregas offered Chelsea exit, Juventus prepare £20m bid


Cesc Fabregas, 29, is on his way out of Stamford Bridge. New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has offered the Spanish international to his former club Juventus, having persuaded Nemanja Matic, 28, to remain with the Blues.

Conte bought French international N’Golo Kante, 25, in a £32.5m deal from Leicester City earlier this summer and has decided that Fabregas is surplus to requirements. The Italian is still hopeful of adding to his midfield but the Spaniard does not fit with his football ideas on high tempo play.

Juventus were originally keen on signing Matic following the sale of Paul Pogba, 23, to Manchester United in a record-breaking deal.

However, with Roman Abramovich backing Conte over his retention, Juventus are being given the opportunity to sign Fabregas for a knockdown fee of £20m. The Spaniard’s wages would however, more than double the cost of the deal to the Italian champions.

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, 27, was the next target on their list but he has chosen to stay with Zenit St Petersburg for the last year of his contract.

With the Serie A season a week away, the Turin-based club may be forced to take Fabregas as a solution to their midfield problem.


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